Most computer users may be familiar with partitions and partition types. Actually, there are five partition types: primary, extensible firmware interface (EFI), extended, logical, and Microsoft Reserved (MSR). How about partition type ID? It is a byte value intended to specify the file system a partition contains and/or to flag the special access method used to access the partition.
For MBR disks, the value for the type field is in hexadecimal form. Following are the frequently-used type IDs for MBR-based partitions:
● 0x01 FAT12
● 0x04 FAT16, less than 32 MB
● 0x06 FAT16, greater than 32 MB
● 0x07 NTFS
● 0x0B FAT32, used by DOS & Win95
● 0x0C FAT32 using LBA mode to access to FAT32 partition
● 0x0E FAT16 using LBA mode to access to FAT16 partition
For GPT disks, the value for the type field is a long string. Recognized GUIDs include:
◆ EFI system partition: c12a7328-f81f-11d2-ba4b-00a0c93ec93b
◆ Basic data partition: ebd0a0a2-b9e5-4433-87c0-68b6b72699c7
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Why would someone like to change a partition type ID? Actually, changing type ID is a good way to prevent the system using or initializing partitions. Read on to find out how to change partition type ID in Windows 10/8/7 efficiently.
How to change partition type ID in Windows 11/10/8/7 easily?
Here I’m going to show you two efficient solutions to change partition type ID in Windows 11/10/8/7. You can set partition type ID in Windows 11/8/7 with the same methods.
Solution 1: change partition type ID with a powerful utility
With a reliable, specialized utility, you will save much time and efforts. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is such a tool you need. It is an all-around partition manager which helps you to move, merge, split and resize partitions. It also offers you the disk conversion feature, such as converting dynamic disk to basic, converting GPT disk to MBR and MBR disk to GPT, etc.
It supports all Windows PC operating systems like Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. If you are running Windows Server, please turn to the Server edition. Now follow the instructions below to modify partition type ID via AOMEI Partition Assistant:
Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right click the drive of which you want to change partition type ID, select “Advanced” and then “Change Partition Type ID”.
Step 2. In the pop up window, select the new partition type ID and click “OK” to save the change.
Step 3. Click “Apply” to view pending operation and then “Proceed” to commit the operation.
● Changing partition type ID is unavailable for GPT disk partitions in AOMEI Partition Assistant. However, you are allowed to convert between GPT and MBR disks without deleting any partitions.
● The program won’t delete files while changing partition type ID, so you needn’t be worried about data loss.
Solution 2: Set partition type ID via Diskpart
Some people prefer to use DiskPart to change partition ID with the command: set id. Detailed steps are listed as below:
1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialogue. Type diskpart and click “OK” or press Enter to run Diskpart.
2. Type list volume and press Enter.
3. Type select volume # (ex: volume 8) and press Enter to select the volume/partition of which you want to change partition type ID.
4. Type set id=# (ex: id=0B) and press Enter to set a new partition type ID.
(Tips: The leading “0x” of the ID is omitted when specifying the hexadecimal partition type.)
5. Type exit and press Enter to exit Diskpart.
You have learned two efficient ways to change partition type ID in Windows 11/10/8/7. Apart from setting partition type ID, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant to remove write protection on micro SD card Samsung, change serial number, migrate OS to SSD, change file systems between FAT32 and NTFS without formatting, etc. Go for this tool and enjoy all the wonderful features right now!